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the  twin  ci)es,  our  way   Nov/Dec  2010  

Robyne  Robinson  “rocks”  ROX  Minneapolis  jewelry  

Celebrate  more,   p.22 STRESS  FREE!  

Your  Holiday   p.27 The  SCENE:    Terry   Menu,  YUM!   McMillan  visits  the  Twin  

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Secrets  to  Surviving  a  Healthier  Holiday.  YES,  you  can  do  it!  

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Celebrate  More  OFen!  

Easing  the  stress  of  entertaining  at  home  

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Secrets  To  Surviving  A  Healthier  Holiday   Enjoying  the  fes?vi?es  without  feeling  deprived  

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departments 08   editor’s  note   09   contributors   BEST  Health,  Beauty  &  Fashion  

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healthy  living  

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BEST  Arts  &  Entertainment  

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the  scene  

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entertaining  

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BEST  Eats  &  Treats  

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BEST  Counseling  &  Spirituality  

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BEST  Service  Companies  

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BEST  News  &  Community  

CONTENTS  

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The  COVER   Model/Talent   Robyne  Robinson,   rox  minneapolis   roxmpls.com  

Photographer   Regina  Woolson,    

Regina  Woolson   Photography   ReginaWoolson.com  

ReginaWoolson@comcast.net  

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Hair,  Makeup,   Wardrobe  Styling  &   Art  Direc)on   Anika  Robbins,  

Anika  &  Friends   AnikaandFriends.com   info@anikaandfriends.com   1-­‐877-­‐88-­‐ANIKA  

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editor’s note Voted  by  YOU  for  YOU   From  the  very  first  issue  of  Black  Twin  Ci?es  Magazine,  I   knew  we  would  have  a  “Best  Of”  issue…an  issue  that   allows  the  readers  and  Facebook  fans  to  nominate  and   vote  for  their  favorite  black  businesses  and  events  in  the   Twin  Ci?es   Well,  the  votes  are  in,  you  chose  and  chose  well!    From   Beauty  Shops  and  Restaurants  to  Churches  and  Doctors.     We  poured  through  your  nomina?ons  and  tallied  your   votes  to  come  up  with  this  guide  to  the  Best  of  Black   Twin  Ci?es!  

La  Juana  Whitmore    |  Owner,   Publisher,  Editor-­‐in-­‐Chief   La  Juana  is  the  owner  of  Black  Twin   Ci?es  &  BlackTwinCiKes.com,  and  a   business  process  consultant  for  a   Minnesota-­‐based,  Fortune  500   Company.    La  Juana  is  also  one  of  the   co-­‐hosts  of  Black  Twin  Ci?es  Radio.     Photo  by  Regina  Woolson   Photography   ReginaWoolson.com  

I  LOVE  this  issue,  I  saw  some  old  favorites  and  learned  of   new  businesses  taking  the  Twin  by  storm.    This  is  what   Black  Twin  Ci?es  is  all  about,  celebra?ng,  congratula?ng,   helping,  announcing,  promo?ng,  educa?ng,  loving,   learning  and  growing,   As  I  said  in  the  last  issue  (and  yes,  it’s  worth  repea?ng),   “It  takes  all  of  us  to  support  our  businesses  and  events.   We  must  all  take  the  ?me  to  think  BEFORE  we  purchase.     Buy  from  black-­‐owned  companies,  go  to  events  that   bring  our  community  together,  adver?se  on  websites  and   in  publica?ons  that  are  owned  by  and  targeted  to  us!”   Use  this  issue  as  your  directory  to  the  best  we  have  to   offer.    I  know  I  will!  

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contributors Mark  A.  Wingo,  Writer  (A.K.A  Mr.  Wingonomics)    Mark  is  the  owner  of  New  Beginning   Financial  Group,  LLC  (NBFinancialGroup.com),  offering  financial  products,  services,  and   educa?on  to  average  middle-­‐class  families  in  the  Twin  Ci?es  area.    He  is  also  the  creator,   President  &  CEO  of  Wingonomics  Companies,  a  mixture  of  companies  such  as:   Wingonomics  Produc?ons  -­‐-­‐-­‐  Radio,  T.V  and  Movies  &  Wingonomics  Publishing  -­‐-­‐-­‐   Books,  Magazines,  and  Online  Newslefers.     Tye  Green,  Writer    Tye  is  an  award  winning  screenwriter,  song  writer  and  poet  and  has   been  sharing  her  ero?c  poetry  with  her  adorning  fans  for  over  ten  years,  both  on  stage   and  online  (TyeGreen.com).  Tye  is  also  the  creator,  director,  co-­‐writer  and  execu?ve   producer  of  the  much  an?cipated  TH3M!,  a  TV  series  following  the  lives  of  seven   diverse  women  striving  for  success,  acceptance,  and  understanding  (watchTh3m.com).   Charlesa  Dixon,  Writer    Crea?ve  Director  of  Excellent  Occasions   (ExcellentOccasions.com),  Charlesa  is  one  of  Midwest’s  most  crea?ve  &  innova?ve  event   producers.  Since  star?ng  Excellent  Occasions  in  April  of  1993,  Charlesa  has  had  the   opportunity  to  work  with  other  na?onally  acclaimed  event  planners;  including  Celebrity   Event  Guru  Colin  Cowie  and  renowned  Wedding  Designer,  Mindy  Weiss.  Charlesa  has   also  produced  events  for  many  Fortune  500  companies  yielding  her  the  acclama?on  of   being  one  of  the  “ Top  25  Corporate  Event  Planners”  in  the  2010  Minneapolis/St.  Paul   Business  Journal.     Lorrie  Insisiengmay,  Writer    Fitness  professional  &  model,  mar?al  ar?st,  performance   ar?st,  media  produc?on,  voice-­‐overs,  show  host,  mo?va?onal  speaker…just  a  few  of  the   things  that  belong  on  Lorrie’s  résumé.    As  a  business  partner  for  EIRO  Research   (EiroFitLorrie.ieiro.com),  Lorrie  is  helping  the  Twin  Ci?es  get  fit  physically  and  financially.     To  Lorrie,  “fitness  is  what  you  do  to  make  yourself  perfect,  whole,  and  complete...  eat,   exercise,  sleep,  and  breath”.     Contribu)ng  Photographers  (where  noted)   Regina  Woolson  -­‐  Regina  Woolson  Photography  -­‐  ReginaWoolson.com   Mia  Holmes   For  adver)sing,  contact:   La  Juana  Whitmore,  612.293.9282,  info@blacktwinci)es.com  

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health, beauty & fashion Best  DOCTOR  or  MEDICAL  OFFICE:    

CRUTCHFIELD  DERMATOLOGY   CrutchfieldDermatology.com   Dr.  Charles  E.  Crutchfield  III,  M.D.  is  a  na?onally   renowned  physician  and  author.    As  one  of  the   “Best  Doctors  in  America”,  we’re  proud  to  know   that  he  calls  Minnesota  home!  Offering   everything  from  acne  treatments  to  one-­‐hour   face  liFs,  Crutchfield  Dermatology  is  THE  place   to  go  for  whatever  ails  your  skin.      –  La  Juana  Whitmore  

Best  BEAUTY/HEALTH  PRODUCT  (or   Company):    

ANIKA  INTERNATIONAL   COSMETICS   AICosme?cs.com   Fresh,  fashion  forward  and  affordable,  AIC  is  a   “sleek  skin  care  and  cosme?cs  company  designed   for  global  women  on  the  go”!    Formulated  to   complement  a  variety  of  skin  types  and   complexions,  Anika  Robbins  has  created  a  company   for  every  woman!    But  the  men  are  not  forgofen,   the  recent  launch  of  MANtra  skin  care  promises  to   keep  everyone’s  bathrooms  stocked  with  ANIKA!       -­‐La  Juana  Whitmore     Nov/Dec  2010  

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CLOTHING/ACCESSORIES  Company  (or   Designer):    

ROX  MINNEAPOLIS   Roxmpls.com   “Stunning”  is  the  word  that  comes  to  mind   when  describing  Rox  Minneapolis  jewelry.    And   believe  it  or  not,  Minnesota  legend,  Robyne   Robinson,  makes  these  remarkable  pieces  by   hand  in  her  Minneapolis  studio.    Robyne,  who   has  been  making  jewelry  since  she  was  a  pre-­‐ teen  has  found  a  way  to  turn  her  true  passion   into  her  next  amazing  career.    Quickly  becoming   a  worldwide  sensa?on,  Rox  Minneapolis  has   been  featured  in  several  na?onal  publica?ons,   on  the  Tyra  Banks  Show  and  at  New  York   Fashion  Week.    Rox  Minneapolis  is  sold  in   bou?ques  throughout  the  Twin  Ci?es,  Chicago,   New  York,  and  Athens,  Greece.   –  La  Juana  Whitmore  

Best  BARBER  SHOP  or  HAIR  SALON:    

JUST  GLAMOROUS  SALON  &  SPA   (651)  222-­‐7566     Boas?ng  some  of  the  best  stylists,  massage  therapists,  and  nail  techs  in  the  Twin  Cites,  Just  Glamorous   Salon  &  Spa  in  St.  Paul  is  more  than  just  a  place  to  get  your  hair  “did”  it’s  been  called  “relaxing  and   professional”  by  it’s  clientele.    With  over  30  years  of  experience  and  catering  to  women  and  men  with   all  hair  types  and  textures,  Just  Glamorous  is  your  spot  to  get  GLAMOROUS!         -­‐La  Juana  Whitmore   Nov/Dec  2010  

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healthy living More  Informa)on:   The  American  Council  on  Exercise®  is  a   nonprofit  organiza?on  commifed  to   enriching  quality  of  life  through  safe  and   effec?ve  exercise  and  physical  ac?vity.     Learn  more  at    AceFitness.org  

Turkey,  ham,  chiferlings,   dressing,  gravy,  greens,   spaghev,  sweet  potatoes,   macaroni  and  cheese,  potato   salad,  cranberry  sauce,  coleslaw,   home-­‐made  bufered  rolls,  not   to  men?on  cakes,  pies,  cookies,   ice  cream,  and  eggnog.     Close  your  eyes!   Visualize  these  delicious  dishes   spread  across  the  tradi?onal   holiday  table  cloth,  with   silverware  and  served  by  don't   forget  the  cutest  most  adorable   grandmother  EVER  in  her   favorite  white  holiday  sweater!     Mmmmmm!   YUM!!!   Now,  all  of  the  foods  men?oned   may  not  be  foods  that  you  eat   Nov/Dec  2010  

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during  the  holidays.    But  they   are  the  seasonal  selec?ons   stretching  endlessly  across  the   United  States.    I  remember  all  of   the  fun,  passing  plates  and   doing  the  table-­‐side-­‐shuffle,   scooping  my  favorite  spoonfuls   on  to  my  plate.    Then,  even  as   adults,  sivng  at  the  kiddies'   table  laughing,  having  fun,  and   catching  up.   From  the  golden  roasted  turkey   to  all  of  the  bufer-­‐laden  foods,   holidays  are  the  most  fes?ve   ?me  for  families  to  share  each   other's  company  while  inges?ng   unhealthy  calories  and  adding   unwanted  pounds.       Running  four  hours  straight  at  a   moderate  pace,  swimming  five    

hours,  or  walking  30  miles  are   examples  of  what  a  160  lb.   person  would  have  to  do  to  burn   off  an  average  holiday  meal  of   about  3,000  calories.    Indulging     during  the  holidays  is   acceptable,  as  long  as  it's  done   sensibly.    But  many  people  don’t   just  stop  at  the  meal;  snacking   throughout  the  day  can  easily   increase  those  3,000  calories  up   to  a  total  caloric  intake  of  about   4,500.     Without  having  to  spare  your   taste  buds  from  all  the   deliciousness,  here  are  some   secrets  that  you  can  use  to  be   able  to  plan  and  balance  during   the  fes?ve  season.   14  


-­‐Have  more  to  eat  less.    Ea?ng  about  five  

small  meals  throughout  the  day  is  befer  than   starving  yourself  for  that  one  big  meal.    Smaller   por?oned  meals  throughout  the  day  will  keep  a   sa?sfied  feeling  longer  without  leading  to   overindulging  or  gorging  on  that  special  meal.    

-­‐Don't  skip  the  most  important  meal.      

Breakfast  s?ll  remains  the  most  important  meal  of   the  day,  even  during  the  holiday  season.    Ea?ng   breakfast  is  a  great  way  to  rev  up  your   metabolism.    So,  wake  up  and  eat!   -­‐Have  a  drink  before  you  eat.    Alcoholic   beverages  have  hidden  extra  calories,  some?mes   sugars,  and  are  also  dehydra?ng.    Grabbing  a  cold   glass  of  water  may  not  seem  as  thirst-­‐quenching  in   colder  temperatures  as  in  warmer  ones,  but  the   body  s?ll  needs  water.    Keep  that  water  bofle   close  by  and  stay  hydrated  throughout  the  day.     And  of  course,  wash  that  holiday  meal  down  with   a  tall  glass  of  water.       -­‐Talk  it  over.    Instead  of  having  a  plate  of   fafening  food  in  your  hands  while  you  are   socializing  and  catching  up  with  your  family  and   friends,  hold  a  glass  of  water  or  a  plate  of  veggies.     Plus,  not  having  a  mouth  full  of  food  helps  in   making  great  conversa?ons.   -­‐Walk  it  off.    Instead  of  staying  in  the  kitchen   with  the  table  and  all  the  tasty  treats  at  arm’s   reach,  start  new  tradi?ons  by  being  more  ac?ve.     Build  socializing  around  ac?vi?es  instead  of  just   ea?ng.    Going  for  a  walk,  building  a  snowman,   bowling,  ice-­‐ska?ng,  or  even  doing  karaoke  as  a   new  holiday  event  can  be  fun.     -­‐Work  it  out.    Working  out  on  a  regular  basis   with  cardio  and  strength  ac?vi?es,  even  during  the   holidays,  will  help  to  balance  out  the  caloric  intake   and  help  reduce  hunger  sensa?ons.   -­‐Inhale  to  exhale.    Holidays  can  be  stressful,     Nov/Dec  2010  

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even  with  good  planning.    Take  ?me  for  yourself,   at  least  five  minutes  to  de-­‐stress.    When  things   get  a  lifle  out  of  hand,  step  back.    Take  a  deep   breath.    Laugh.    Just  think,  whatever  the  situa?on   is,  five  years  from  now  it  probably  won't  even   mafer.     -­‐Balance.    Balance  is  the  key.    Don't  forbid   yourself  from  indulging  on  your  holiday  eats,   sweets,  and  treats.    Just  be  sensible,  realis?c,  and   balanced.       Obesity  has  become  an  epidemic  across  the   United  States  and  other  countries.    Although   ea?ng  is  one  of  Americans  past  ?mes,  don't  let   the  holiday  be  just  another  occasion  to  add  to   this  epidemic.   Changing  your  body  for  the  befer  over  the   holidays  is  a  challenge,  especially  when  there  are   lots  of  cookies,  cakes,  and  pies  staring  you  in  the   face  calling  your  name.    So,  DON'T  GIVE  IN!!!     Keep  your  progress  moving  forward  during  the   holiday  fes?vi?es.   15  


arts & entertainment Best  MUSICIAN,  SINGER  or   RAPPER  (Solo/Group/ Band):    

MINT  CONDITION  

MintCondi?onMusic.com   Who  remembers  listening  to   Prefy  Brown  Eyes,  U  Send  Me   Swingin,  and  What  Kind  of  Man   Would  I  Be?  Those  are  the   jams!  And  the  more  recent   Nothing  LeF  to  Say  shows  that   Mint  Condi?on  is  s?ll  hot!  Most   of  their  ballads  have  been  on   many  “baby  makin’”  cds.  Or  am   I  just  speaking  for  myself?  It’s   been  two  years  since  their  last   album,  and  hopefully  they  are   in  the  lab  gevng  ready  to   mesmerize  and  make  us  fall  in   love  all  over  again  with  their   fabulous  RnB  tunes.     –  Tye  Green  

Best  EVENT,  CONCERT  or  MUSIC  PROMOTIONS  COMPANY:    

BACHELOR  BOY  ENTERTAINMENT   BachelorBoyEnt.com   Andre  "Debonaire"  McNeal  heads  up  Bachelor  Boy  Entertainment  which  “specializes  in  bringing  its   customers  the  best  in  quality  entertainment,  via  concerts  and  special  events,  at  a  variety  of  restaurants   and  entertainment  centers  within  the  Twin  Ci?es”.  Truth  is,  you'd  be  hard  pressed  to  afend  an  event   that  Bachelor  Boy  Entertainment  is  not  a  part  of.    And,  if  you’re  looking  for  the  best  in  upscale  happy   hours  and  hot  club  nights,  BBE  has  you  covered.    Only  for  the  grown-­‐n-­‐sexy,  they  are  doing  it,  and  doing   it,  and  doing  it  well!   –  La  Juana  Whitmore   Nov/Dec  2010  

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Best  CLUB  DJ:    

DAN  SPEAK   If  you  haven’t  heard  of  Dan  Speak,  you’ve  been  hiding  under  a  rock.  This  DJ  has  been  spinning  for  20   years!  For  those  of  you  rock  hiders  that  s?ll  don’t  know  who  he  is,  you  can  check  out  Dan  Speak  on   KMOJ  89.9FM  on  Saturdays  from  6PM  to  10PM  doing  the  Throwback  Throwdown.  If  you  s?ll  can’t  get   enough  of  the  famed  DJ,  check  him  out  Friday  and  Saturday  nights  at  T’s  Place;  each  night  having  its   own  flavor.  If  you  go  on  Friday,  you’ll  hear  what  Dan  calls  Electric  Relaxa?on  –  New  flavor  hip-­‐hop,  RnB,   and  Dancehall.  On  Saturdays,  he  takes  you  back  Old  School  with  tunes  from  the  60’s  to  the  90’s.  Then   you’ll  see  why  Dan  Speak  is  voted  Best  CLUB  DJ  of  the  Twin  Ci?es.     –  Tye  Green  

Best  MUSIC  EVENT  or  CONCERT:    

2010  MINNESOTA  BLACK  MUSIC  AWARDS   MNBlackMusicAwards.com   From  sold  out  seminars  to  a  red  carpet  walk  rivaling  a  Hollywood  premiere,  the  2010  MBMAs  were   FABULOUS!    A  12-­‐year  hiatus  brought  this  ceremony  back  with  a  vengeance,  and  headliners  Mint   Condi?on  were  no  disappointment,  topping  off  this  30-­‐year  anniversary  of  the  Minneapolis  Sound  with   some  sweet,  sweet  icing!    As  plans  for  next  year’s  even  bigger  event  are  underway,  I’m  planning  my   paparazzi-­‐ready  ou}it  as  well  (click,  click).    –  La  Juana  Whitmore   Nov/Dec  2010  

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Best  NETWORKING  EVENT  or  GROUP:    

FIRST  FRIDAYS  TWIN  CITIES   FirstFridaysTwinCi?es.net   “First  Fridays  Twin  Ci?es  is  the  independently   owned  local  chapter  of  First  Fridays,  serving   Urban-­‐American  professionals  in  the  Twin  Ci?es   for  over  14  years”    Keeping  it  fresh  by  featuring   different  venues  and  formats  each  month,  First   Fridays  will  put  you  in  touch  with  black  urban   professionals  from  all  industries  and  from  all   areas  of  the  Twin  Ci?es.    If  you’re  looking  to   have  your  virtual  rolodex  filled  to  capacity,  First   Fridays  is  the  place  to  show  your  face.   –  La  Juana  Whitmore  

Best  BLOG:    

BLURBETTE   Blurbefe.net   “Blurbs,  Rants  and  Ramblings  on  poli?cs,   entertainment,  feminism,  ethnicity,  love,   rela?onships  and  all  that  jazz”,  Blurbefe.net  will   entertain  and  inform  like  no  other.    Not  for  the   faint  of  heart  or  easily  offended,  Blurbefe  tells   it  like  it  is,  or  at  least  how  she  sees  it.    She’s   never  ‘scurred’  to  voice  an  unpopular  opinion,   or  give  you  a  very  personal  glimpse  inside  the   world  of  Blurbefe.    Give  her  a  month  and  you’ll   laugh,  cry,  curse  and  “all  that  jazz”.   –  La  Juana  Whitmore   18  


Best  AUTHOR:  TYLISE  CAMPBELL   TyliseCampbell.com   Book  clubs  all  over  the  Twin  Ci?es  are  gevng  hooked  on  Tylise!    From  growing  up  in  North  Minneapolis   to  studying  Theater  Arts  at  Howard  University  in  Washington,  D.C.,  Tylise  has  blossomed  into  a  crea?ve   talent  like  no  other.    Her  second  novel,  The  Breaks,  takes  you  behind  the  scenes  and  into  the  lives  of   three  friends  working  in  the  music  industry.    And  if  all  she’s  accomplished  isn’t  enough,    this  dynamic   young  writer  and  poet  has  recently  launched  her  own  publishing  company,  Next  Up.       –  La  Juana  Whitmore  

Best  PHOTOGRAPHER/ PHOTOGRAPHY   COMPANY):    

BRM   PHOTOGRAPHY   MNPartyPix.com  

With  an  impressive  client  list   and  a  gorgeous  por}olio  to   back  it  up,  Mr.  Benitez  Rosario   Ma?as  (BRM),  founder  and  CEO   of  MNPartyPix  can  capture   even  your  special  moments   beau?fully.    This  guy  does  it  all:     Weddings,  Press,  Events,     Editorial,  Senior  Portraits,   Fashion,  Ar?st  &  Models.    Hey,   “it’s  your  party…”  how  do  you   want  to  remember  it?   -­‐La  Juana  Whitmore  

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TERRY  MCMILLAN  VISITS  THE   TWIN  CITIES   Crazy,  Sexy  Cool  is  how  we’d  describe  the   one  and  only  Terry  McMillan!    With  the   release  of  her  latest  ?tle,  Gevng  to  Happy,   Terry  honored  the  Twin  Ci?es  with  a  visit,   some  laughs,  and  a  few  words  of  wisdom.     Follow  her  on  Twifer  (@MsTerryMcMillan)   for  a  voyeuris?c  look  into  the  mind  of  this   literary  legend.   -­‐TerryMcMillan.com  

Nov/Dec  2010  

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Anika  &  Friends  Presents:  All   Washed  Up  Grand  Opening   Anika  &  Friends…at  it  again,  event   planning  and  celebra?ng!    And  BTC  was   on  the  scene  at  the  grand  opening  of   All  Washed  Up.  Shantae  Holmes’   dreams  of  business  ownership  came   true  to  music  by  KMOJ  and  a  host  of   community  members  and  VIPs!     AnikaandFriends.com  

Nov/Dec  2010  

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entertaining Celebrate  More  Ooen  

Easing  the  stress  of  entertaining  at  home   By  Charlesa  Dixon  

Perfec)on  is   overrated:   The  best  par?es  are  not  the   ones  that  are  flawless.  They   are  the  gatherings  that   happen  at  the  last  minute,   when  friends  drop  by   without  enough  no?ce  to   design  a  fabulous   environment  or  clean  the   carpets.  There  is  a  certain   charm  &  style  to  happy   imperfec?on.  

We  should  all  celebrate   more  oFen  par?cularly  with   the  holidays  around  the   corner.  There  is  always  a   reason  to  celebrate,   whether  it’s  the  change  in   season,  or  a  new  job,  or  just   the  fact  that  you  like  wine!     In  those  moments  we  have   permission  to  put  aside  our   differences  for  a  few  hours,   to  laugh  and  talk  and  fest   together.  In  doing  so  we   gain  a  sense  of  life’s   preciousness  and  our  own   good  fortune.     A  larger,  more  structured   gathering  such  as  a  wedding   might  require  a  special   venue  and  fancy  catering,   however,  your  home  is  the   perfect  place  to  create  a   beau?ful  mosaic  of   in?mate,  vibrant  moments   and  memories  with  friends   &  family.   Entertaining  at  home  is  a   very  personal  ac?vity,  and   each  gathering  you  host   should  be  a  reflec?on  of   your  gracious  style,  whether   it’s  a  holiday  feast  or  a  quick   aFer-­‐work  get-­‐together.     And  while  perfec?on  is  not   the  goal,  it’s  amazing  how   sprinkling  in  just  a  few   crea?ve  details  will  help   make  your  next  party  an   excellent  occasion.  


Use  it  or  Lose  it:  

In  keeping  it  real,  the  real   world  consists  of  work,  family   errands,  projects,  church  and   all  the  other  commitments   that  compete  for  our  ?me.   Hos?ng  a  party  of  any  size  can   sound  serious,  ?me   consuming,  and  possibly   scary.  With  this  in  mind  may   the  following  ?ps  will   encourage  you  to  celebrate   big,  and  with  a  lifle  extra   panache,  during  this  holiday   season.    Entertaining  at  home   can  and  should  be  enjoyable   enough  to  make  you  want  to   do  it  more  oFen.  So  raise  a   glass,  grab  some  inspira?on,   and  let’s  get  this  party   started!   An  Invita)on  to  be  Crea)ve  -­‐   Keep  the  invita?ons  casual   and  easy.  A  phone  call  will   actually  do  nicely,  as  will  a   simple  handwrifen  or   computer  printed  card,  or  an   electronic  invita?on  such  as   the  ones  from  evite.com  or   bluemountain.com.  For  a   more  formal  party,  I   recommend  keeping  some   basic  tools  on  hand,  such  as   Nov/Dec  2010  

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A  great  reason  for  using  the  good  stuff:   Did  you  know  that  fine  silver  tarnishes   much  faster  when  it  sits  unused?  If  you   enjoy  it  on  a  regular  basis,  it  won’t   need  constant  polishing.  Just  don’t  put   it  in  the  dishwasher!   rubber  stamps,  decora?ve   scissors,  monogram  s?ckers,   ribbon,  etc.  But  if  the  idea  of   having  to  create  something  from   scratch  is  holding  you  back  from   having  a  great  party,  skip  it  and   get  to  tex?ng!     Prepare  to  party-­‐  A  lifle   planning  goes  a  long  way.   Whether  you’re  looking  to  host   a  formal  dinner  or  you  just  want   to  make  it  easy  and  have  folks   over  on  short  no?ce,  keeping  a   fully  stocked  home  bar  and   “party  closet”  lets  you  pull  an   event  together  with  less  effort,   less  running  around  and  more   ?me  for  a  bubble  bath  before   people  arrive!     Welcome  your  guests  with  food   and  drink-­‐  Have  simple,   delicious  hors  d’oeuvres  and  a   glass  of  wine  (provide  a  non-­‐ alcoholic  offering  as  well)   wai?ng  for  them  near  the  door   or  on  a  kitchen  counter  when   they  arrive.  This  way,  if  you  have   any  last-­‐minute  prepara?ons  to   make,  they  can  visit  with  you— or  each  other—while  enjoying  a  

snack  and  a  sip.     Try  new  things,  but  not  all  at   once-­‐  If  you’re  like  me,  you   probably  enjoy  experimen?ng   with  new  ideas  for  drinks,   recipes,  especially  décor.  But   doing  too  much  can  make  for   stress  in  the  hours  leading  up  to   your  guest  arrival.  My  advice:   you  may  have  an  “S”  tafooed  to   your  chest  but  this  is  not  the   ?me  to  play  the  hero.  Try  one  or   two  new  things  for  each  party,   supplemen?ng  with  more   familiar  elements  (a  classic   cocktail  or  a  family  recipe).  To   track  your  successes,  keep  a   party  journal.  Write  down  what   works  and  which  ideas  were   favorites,  and  you’ll  begin   building  a  great  resource  of   party  inspira?ons.     Make  space  to  mingle-­‐  Clear   any  clufer,  making  room  to   roam  and  provide  adequate— but  not  excessive—sea?ng  for  a   cocktail  hour.  This  will  help  keep   the  social  energy  bubbly,  fes?ve,   and  comfortable.  For  a  casual   get-­‐together,  add  a  few   23  


oversized  throw  pillows  near  a   sea?ng  area  to  create  a  relaxed   vibe.   Ligh)ng  is  magic-­‐  No  other   element  of  décor  makes  more  of   an  impact  on  the  mood  of  a   party.  Think  about  it  have  you   ever  visited  a  chic  nightclub  or   roman?c  restaurant  in  the   day?me?  With  the  harsh   overhead  lights  on,  you  see   every  flaw,  and  the  spell  is   broken.  When  the  light  is  right,   people  look  and  feel  wonderful   and  the  magic  is  in  full  effect.  If   your  party  is  in  the  evening,  I   recommend  that  you  eliminate   overhead  ligh?ng  and  switch  on   floor  and  table  lamps  to  create  a   textured  glow  throughout  the   space.     Consider  replacing  bulbs  here   and  there  with  soFer  rosy  tones   or  more  drama?c  shades  of  red,   amber,  or  even  blue.  And  of   course,  the  more  candles  placed   in  groups  or  in  long  rows  on   windowsills,  the  befer.   When  hos?ng  a  day?me  event,   let  as  much  natural  light  into   your  space  as  possible—or  just   move  the  party  outside  into  the   sunshine!  (Believe  it  or  not  you   can  even  do  this  outside  in  the   dead  of  winter,  just  rent  heaters   from  your  local  party  rental   store).   Use  color  as  a  tool-­‐  Like  ligh?ng,   color  is  a  transforma?ve  party   design  element.  But  you  don’t   have  to  repaint  your  house  or   reupholster  the  couch  to  give   Nov/Dec  2010  

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your  living  space  a  new  look.   Adding  colorful  pillows  to  the   couch  or  a  bold  runner  and   napkins  to  your  dining  table  is   an  instant  way  to  renew  your   space.  Feel  free  to  vary  your   design  color  between  rooms,   but  for  the  most  design  bang,   highlight  no  more  than  three   main  colors  in  any  party  space.   Mixing  too  many  colors  (unless   you’re  in  a  garden)  will  lessen   the  impact  of  each.   Get  fresh  with  your  décor-­‐  Look   around  and  see  things  in  new   ways.  Flip  silverware  upside   down.  Mix  and  match  plates.   Make  flower  arrangements  in   various  cups,  ?ns,  or  champagne   glasses.  Turn  a  vase  on  its  side   or  turn  it  on  its  head  and  use  it   as  a  pedestal  for  a  buffet,  as  a   candle  holder  or  display  stand.   Use  mirror  ?les,  candy,  stones  or   a  dense  layer  of  petals  as  a   runner.  Use  things  that  are   familiar  in  new  ways  and  it  will   capture  your  guests  and   showcase  your  personal  style,   which  will  be  remembered  long   aFer  the  party.   Invite  new  people-­‐  Of  course  we   all  have  our  short  list  of  folks  we   like  to  invite  to  any  get-­‐together.   But  don’t  be  afraid  to  invite  new   friends  or  acquaintances  and   seat  couples  or  best  friends   separately  at  a  dinner  party.  You   and  your  guest  might  very  well   find  your  social  network   growing.  

A  Few  of  Our   Favorite  Things:   white  plates  and  napkins,   prefy  glasses,  colorful   vo?ves,  and  simple  pillar   candles…Combining  basics   with  unique  accents  lets   you  tailor  your  table  to  the   occasions  and  theme.  

Serving  it  Up:   You  can  never  have  enough   plafers  and  oversized   bowls.  Most  chefs  would   agree  that,  in  general,  food   looks  best  on  a  simple  white   plate,  and  the  versa?lity  of   white  makes  it  a  wonderful   tool  for  changing  the  look  of   your  table.  Just  add  a  few   colorful  elements  (such  as   place  mats,  runners,  and   napkins)  and  you  can  create   many  different  moods.    

Giving  Thanks:   Print  out  quotes  by  your   favorite  writers,  ar?st,   poets  and  thinkers.  Fold   them  and  put  them  in   basket  or  pail  to  be  passed   around  the  dinner  table  or   room.  Each  person  takes  a   quote  and  reads  it  aloud  to   the  group,  sparking   conversa?on  and  filling  the   moment  with  the  spirit  of   shared  thankfulness.   continued on next page


Dinner  Interac)ve:   Instead  of  making  resolu?ons,  celebrate  saying  ‘goodbye’  to  the  old  and  ‘hello’  to  the  new.   Place  to  vessels  on  your  dinner  table/coffee  table  (use  glass  vases,  silver  bowls,  or  gold   urns).  Make  a  sign  or  label  for  one  vessel  that  says  :Out  with  the  OLD”  and  another  that   reads  “In  with  the  NEW”  Set  out  blank  slips  of  paper  at  each  guest  place-­‐sevng  and   encourage  folks  to  write  down  their  “outs”  and  “ins”  and  place  in  appropriate  bowls.  Then   later  you  can  burn  the  outs  or  take  turns  reading  the  slips  &  enjoy  talking  laughing,  and   being  inspired!   Don’t  forget!  The  entrance   and  the  bathroom  (aka  the   exit)  are  the  places  that  are   overlooked  the  most  when  it   comes  to  an  event.  The   entrance  is  the  very  first  thing   people  will  see  when  it  comes   to  your  style,  your  personality   and  your  party.  Make  a   statement,  make  sure  it’s   invi?ng,  and  let  everyone   know  they  are  entering  your   atmosphere.  Now,  be  aware   that  some  of  your  guest  will   spend  some  quality  ?me  in   your  bathroom  (yes,  I  know),   but  someone  will,  so  make   sure  it  is  well  stocked,  clean   and  comfortable.  Keep  some   smell  goods  going  and  spruce   it  up  by  adding  a  nice  design   element.  

Never  Too  Much:   There  is  no  such  thing  as  too   many  candles!  Even  in  the   summer?me  if  you  have  no   air  condi?oning,  the  soF  glow   of  candlelight  will  make  your   hot,  sweaty  guests  glow  like   steamy,  sexy  golden  gods  &   goddesses.   blacktwinci)es.com  

A  Cocktail  Party  is  a  Cocktail   Party-­‐  The  most  important  thing   to  remember  about  hos?ng  a   cocktail  party  is  that  it’s  not   dinner.  It’s  meant  to  be  an  easy,   fun  and  relaxed  get-­‐together  for   you  and  your  guests,  and  should   be  able  to  be  done  on  short   no?ce.  Keep  foods  bite–sized   and  flavor-­‐packed,  and  if  you   want  to  serve  something  sweet   at  the  end,  make  it  simple  and   light.  You  can  start  earlier  rather   than  later  (if  you’re  hos?ng  on   the  weekend,  I  recommend   beginning  at  five  or  so  in  the   aFernoon,  as  it  allows  for  other   plans  aFerward).  For   weeknights,  work  schedules   make  it  impossible  for  anyone  to   arrive  much  before  six  o’clock.   But  that  s?ll  provides  for  ample   party  ?me  and  an  early  night  for   those  who  must  work  the  next   day.  

The  Simple,  Stunning  Approach-­‐     I’m  not  encouraging  flawless   home  entertaining  here,  rather,   I’m  offering  you  an  invita?on  to   celebrate  life  more  oFen  and  to   spend  ?me  with  the  people  you   care  for;  toas?ng  and  tas?ng  the   wonderful  flavors  nature  (and   your  kitchen)  has  to  offer.  The   simple,  stunning  vibe  is  just  that —it  highlights  the  “less-­‐is-­‐more”   approach  to  décor,  limi?ng   colors  for  more  visual  impact   and  limi?ng  waste  wherever   possible.  Simple,  stunning  party   recipes  feature  wonderful   ingredients  in  straight  –forward   prepara?ons  to  let  flavors  sing.   And  by  combining  homemade   and  store-­‐bought  items  in  fresh,   easy  and  elegant  presenta?ons,   you  can  lessen  your  workload,   relax  and  enjoy  your  company.  

Scale  it  Down:  

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eats & treats Best  CATERING  COMPANY:    

JOCIE’S  FAMILY  AFFAIR   CATERING   JFACatering.com   Sweet  Creamed  Corn,  Oven  Fried  Chicken,   Pineapple  Upside  Down  Cake,  Roast  Beef,   Chicken  Cordon  Bleu,  Peach  Cobbler,  Four   Cheese  Macaroni…is  your  mouth  watering  yet?     I  know  it  is!    If  you  want  professional  service,  a   beyond  friendly  staff  and  food  to  die  for,  then   Jocie’s  Family  Affair  Catering  is  the  company  to   call  for  your  next  party,  recep?on  or  corporate   event.    DELICIOUS!   –  La  Juana  Whitmore  

Best  RESTAURANT:    

WEST  INDIES  SOUL   WestIndiesSoulfood.com   Can’t  make  it  to  the  Caribbean?    No  worries   mon,  the  Caribbean  is  here  in  Minnesota!    A   Twin  Ci?es  gem  since  1973,  West  Indies  Soul  is   spicy,  savory  and  truly  a  departure  from  the   usual,  bland  Minnesota  fare.  With  dishes  from   Jamaica  and  Trinidad  &  Tobago  as  well  as   Southern  Soul  Food,  West  Indies  Soul  will  warm   your  heart  and  fill  your  stomach  with  tradi?onal   flavors  and  homed-­‐cooked  favorites.       -­‐La  Juana  Whitmore   26  


your holiday menu SHRIMP  &  CRAB  BISQUE  with  PARMESAN  CROUTONS   By  Charlesa  Dixon  

Make  10-­‐12  hors  d’oeuvre-­‐size   servings   You  can  serve  this  creamy  soup   in  lots  of  different  ways.  In  the   Holiday  Toast,  I  use  it  as  an  hors   d’oeuvre,  presented  it  in  elegant   small  glasses,  but  this  recipe  can   serve  up  to  six  as  an  appe?zer   before  a  meal,  or  for  a  main   course  (try  it  over  rice).   • 2  pounds  jumbo  shrimp,  heads   on   • 6  tablespoons  bufer   • 1  cup  chopped  yellow  onion   • 1  medium  carrot,  peeled  and   chopped  roughly   • 1  chopped  red  bell  pepper,   seed  and  ribs  removed   • 4  cups  chicken  stock   • 1  cup  canned  crushed  tomatoes   • 2springs  tarragon   • 1  bay  leaf   • 1  teaspoon  cayenne  pepper   • ¼  cup  fino  sherry   • ¼  cup  Grand  Marnier   • 2  tablespoons  of  flour   • 1  pound  lump  crabmeat   • 16  ounces  light  or  fat-­‐free   evaporated  milk   • Salt  &  pepper   • Fresh  cilantro  leaves,  for   garnish   • Parmesan  Croutons,  for  garnish   Nov/Dec  2010  

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Peel,  devein  ,  and  rinse  the   shrimp,  then  pat  them  dry,  chop   them  into  small  pieces,  and  set   aside.  Reserve  the  shells.   In  a  large  stockpot,  melt  the   bufer  over  medium  heat.  Add   the  onion  and  sauté  un?l  it  is   tender  and  translucent,  about  3   minutes.  Add  carrot,  bell   pepper,  garlic,  &  shrimp  shells   and  sauté  for  another  8   minutes,  un?l  all  the  veggies  are   soF.   Add  the  chicken  stock,   tomatoes,  tarragon,  bay  leaf,   and  cayenne  pepper.  Carefully   add  the  sherry  &  Grand  Marnier,    

&  s?r.  Bring  the  mixture  to  a   boil,  then  reduce  the  heat  to  a   simmer  and  cook  for  40   minutes.  Strain  the  mixture  into   a  clean  pot  and  place  it  over   medium  heat.   Add  flour  slowly,  using  a  whisk   to  s?r,  and  simmer  for  another   5minutes.  Add  the  shrimp  and   crabmeat  and  cook  for  another   5  minutes.  Take  the  pan  off  the   heat  and  add  the  evaporated   milk,  s?rring  to  incorporate.   Season  to  taste  with  salt  &   pepper.  Garnish  with  Parmesan   Croutons  &  top  with  a  sprinkle   of  cilantro.   27  


FROZEN  HOT  CHOCOLATE   By  Charlesa  Dixon   Serves  8   Prep:  15  MIN     Chill:  at  least  3HR   • 1quart  fat-­‐free  half  &  half   • 1  box  (3.9  oz)  instant  chocolate   pudding  and  pie  filling  (4-­‐serving   size)   • 1tsp  ground  cinnamon   • 1  cup  heavy  (whipping)  cream   • 2Tbsp  sugar   • ½  tsp  vanilla  extract   • Garnish  ground  cinnamon   You’ll  also  need…   • 13x9-­‐in  baking  pan   • eight  8-­‐oz  glass  Irish  coffee   mugs  or  other  8-­‐oz  mugs   Whisk  half  &  half,  puddings  mix   &  cinnamon  in  a  large  bowl  2   minutes.  Pour  into  baking  pan;   cover  &  freeze  at  least  3  hours,   or  un?l  frozen  hard.   About  20  min  before  serving:   Beat  cream,  sugar  &  vanilla  in  a   medium  bowl  with  mixer  on   high  speed  un?l  s?ff  peaks  form   when  beaters  are  liFed.   Refrigerate  un?l  ready  to  use.  

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Put  coffee  mugs  in  freezer.  Remove  mixture  from  freezer;  leave  at   room  temperature  15  min,  or  un?l  it  can  be  cut  into  large  cubes.   Place  in  food  processor;  pulse  un?l  smooth,  scraping  down  sides   occasionally.  Divide  among  chilled  mugs.  Top  with  whipped  cream;   sprinkle  with  cinnamon  &  serve.   28  


CRANBERRY  MOJITOS   Serves  12   Prep:  10  MIN  

By  Charlesa  Dixon  

• 1Tbsp  grated   lime  zest   • ½  cup  lime  juice   (about  4-­‐5  limes)   • 3  cups  loosely   packed  fresh  mint   leaves   • ½  cup  sugar   • 5  cups  cranberry   juice  cocktail,   chilled   • ¼  cup  grenadine   • 3  cups  club  soda,   chilled  ice  cubes   • Garnish:  mint   sprigs  and/or  lime  

Note:  Prepare  the  drinks  just  before  serving,  as  the  mint  will   darken  if  made  ahead.   In  a  blender,  combine  lime  zest  &  lime  juice,  mint  &  sugar.  Cover   &  pulse  un?l  mint  is  chopped.   Pour  mint  mixture  into  a  large  pitcher.  Add  cranberry  juice  &   grenadine;  s?r  to  dissolve  sugar.  Gently  s?r  in  club  soda.  Pour   over  ice  cubes  in  glasses.  Garnish  with  mint  sprigs.    

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counseling & spirituality Best  COUNSELING  or  PERSONAL   DEVELOPMENT  COACH:    

DENISE  FELDER   DeniseFelder.com   “Denise  Felder  mixes  her  background  in  the   media  with  her  passion  for  career   development  to  help  people  make  informed   decisions.  As  the  lead  coach  of  DeniseMpls   Consul?ng  Services,  she  empowers  people  to   make  knowledgeable  career  choices  that   befer  their  lives  and  society.”  With  services   and  packages  for  individuals  or  groups,   Denise  can  take  the  guess  work  out  of   changing  or  finding  a  career  and  take  your   professional  development  to  the  next  level.   -­‐La  Juana  Whitmore            

Best  CHURCH  or  PLACE  OR  WORSHIP:    

PARK  AVENUE  UNITED  METHODIST  CHURCH   ParkAveChurch.org   Park  Avenue  United  Methodist  Church  is  a  vibrant  mul?-­‐cultural  evangelical  community  deeply  rooted   in  the  Gospel  of  Jesus  Christ  as  Lord  and  Savior.    Their  mission  is  to  “Make  Disciples  for  Jesus  Christ  for   the  transforma?on  of  the  world.”    Warm  and  inclusive,  Park  Avenue  Methodist  has  numerous  ministries   fit  for  your  personal  and  spiritual  goals.    If  you  haven’t  found  a  church  in  the  Twin  Ci?es  yet,  or  you’re   looking  to  make  a  change,  try  Park  Avenue  Methodist  this  Sunday!   -­‐La  Juana  Whitmore  

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service companies Best  WEBSITE/GRAPHIC  DESIGN  COMPANY:  

MAXXPOSURE  MARKETING  GROUP   TheMaxxposureGroup.com   What’s  your  corporate  PR  vision?    Whatever  is  it,  MaXXposure  Marke?ng  Group  can  make  it  a  reality.   Specializing  in  “marke?ng,  adver?sing,  promo?on,  &  public  rela?ons  in  the  Business,  Entertainment,  &   Service  industries”,  MaXXposure  will  create  or  enhance  your  online  presence  and  make  sure  we  all  know   about  it.    Their  goal  is  simple  “Making  YOUR  Business,  EVERYONE'S  Business”.     –  La  Juana  Whitmore  

Best  EVENT  or  WEDDING  PLANNER:    

XTRAVAGANT  EVENTS   XtravagantEvents.com   Forget  the  stress  of  planning  your  next  event  and  hire  Xtravagant  Events!     Priding  themselves  on  “making  memorable  events  for  all  their  clients  and   making  the  planning/coordina?ng  process  as  stress  free  as  possible”,  the   Xtravagant  team  is  professional  and  commifed  to  mee?ng  all  of  your   needs.    And  don’t  forget  to  try  their  very  own  “Chocolate  Thangs”  for  your   next  party,  mee?ng  or  giF  giving  occasion!    –  La  Juana  Whitmore  

Best  FINANCIAL  SERVICES  COMPANY:    

NEW  BEGINNING  FINANCIAL  GROUP   NBFinancialGroup.com   New  Beginning  Financial  Group  is  the  financial  company  that  not  only  invests  money  into  the   community,  but  also  invests  ?me  educa?ng  people  on  how  to  manage  their  financial  future.    Star?ng  as   a  mortgage  company  in  2006,  New  Beginning  has  evolved  into  a  full  service  financial  en?ty.   What  makes  New  Beginning  Financial  Group  different  from  the  compe??on  is  that  they  provide  each   and  every  client  a  free  membership  with  helpful  resources  and  tools  to  help  jump  start  change  in  your   financial  life.      –  Mark  A.  Wingo  (aka  Mr.  Wingonomics)   Nov/Dec  2010  

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news & community Best  COMMUNITY  or  ACTIVIST   ORGANIZATION:    

NORTHSIDE   ACHIEVEMENT  ZONE/ PEACE  FOUNDATION   NorthsideAchievement.org  

Best  NEWS  OUTLET  (In  Print  or  Online):    

INSIGHT  NEWS   InsightNews.com     What  is  a  local  community  without  a  news  publica?on?  A   community  that  is  uninformed.  Insight  News  is  the  leader  in   providing  the  community  with  news  to  keep  us   knowledgeable  about  the  world  and  our  local  communi?es.   The  newspaper  and  website  is  filled  with  informa?on  that   will  educate,  s?mulate,  and  change  your  way  of  life.  You   can  receive  informa?on  about  community  events,   employment  &  housing  opportuni?es  and  entertainment  in   your  area.  The  most  inspira?onal  thing  about  Insight  News   is  that  you  can  always  rely  on  seeing  local  people  who  are   making  posi?ve  contribu?ons  to  improve  the  Twin  Ci?es.     –  Mark  A.  Wingo  (aka  Mr.  Wingonomics)  

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This  organiza?on  is  all  about  change.   Their  mission  is  to  build  a  culture  of   achievement  in  a  geographic  zone  in   North  Minneapolis  to  ensure  that  all   youth  graduate  from  high  school   college-­‐ready.  We  praise  this   organiza?on  for  taking  ac?on  to  close   the  achievement  gap  between   African-­‐Americans  and  whites  in   Minnesota.  For  the  Northside   Achievement  Zone/Peace  Founda?on   to  succeed  we  all  must  understand   that  we  can  help  by  teaching  our   children  at  a  young  age  the   importance  of  an  educa?on  and  by   providing  a  safe  environment  for   them  to  excel.      This  group  is  blazing  the  trail  for  real   change  to  take  place  and  giving   people  an  opportunity  to  succeed  at   home,  at  work  and  with  their   finances.  They  are  providing  the   founda?on  for  community  members   to  have  a  fresh  start  and  begin   building  a  befer  Northside.     –  Mark  A.  Wingo  (aka  Mr.   Wingonomics)   33  


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